Sierra Nevada chief named to state post
Last Updated: 14:16 August 29, 2013
Sirangelo will take over the post on Friday.
He will oversee COIN, formed by Hickenlooper in 2011 to help foster innovation among Colorado's public, private and academic organizations, with the ultimate goal of job creation and growth of the Colorado economy.
"There is a great opportunity for us to advance Colorado through innovation and new ideas," Sirangelo said in a press release. "Coming from the private sector, I am grateful to be able to volunteer to help serve the people of Colorado in this capacity. I look forward to continuing the work with the other members of the COIN board and our state leadership to enable a brighter future for Colorado."
Sirangelo replaces Ajay Menon, dean of the Colorado State University College of Business, whose term expired Thursday.
"Mark's experience in aerospace, a heavily innovative and important industry in Colorado, will serve him well as he leads the state's efforts to increase our innovative competitiveness," Hickenlooper said. "He is a well-respected business executive and understands the necessity of collaboration in building this type of ecosystem."
In his role with Sierra Nevada, Sirangelo is helping to oversee development of the Dream Chaser, an orbital space plane being designed through a public-private partnership with NASA as a replacement for the space shuttle.
Sirangelo is a founding member of COIN. He also co-chairs the Colorado Competes initiative that helps advance the state in sectors such as bioscience, renewable energy and aerospace. He is the founder and chairman of eSpace, The Center for Space Entrepreneurship, a nonprofit that targets the development of science, education, jobs and tech startups.
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